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CLE 3: Publishing in the Indie Era – Making a Living if Not a Killing

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A view of the horizon of the business and law governing independent publishing and copyright administration.


MODERATOR Paul Bezilla Attorney Lommen Abdo Law Firm

Paul Bezilla is a shareholder at Lommen Abdo Law Firm. For over 25 years, he has provided legal services for an array of high profile individuals and companies in the entertainment industry. His practice encompasses music, film, television, IP, technology, software and licensing. He has been a featured speaker at numerous entertainment industry seminars, frequently lectured on entertainment law topics, and taught courses in music business law.

Lynn Morrow Attorney Adams and Reese LLP

Lynn Morrow joined Adams and Reese in 2001 to assist in the development of the firm’s Entertainment and New Media Practice Group. Lynn is the Partner in Charge of the firm's Nashville Music Row office.

A former litigator in Southern California, Lynn moved to Nashville in 1992 to pursue a career in entertainment law. She represents businesses that promote music and other forms of entertainment as well as artists, authors, songwriters, music publishers and producers. Lynn is listed in Best Lawyers® for Intellectual Property Law, and is featured as a Best Lawyers® "Lawyer of the Year" for Entertainment Law in 2013. She is also listed in Chambers USA for Media and Entertainment, and in Mid-South Super Lawyers® for Entertainment and Sports Law.

Lynn was voted Nashville Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar” for several years by peer review and is past Chair of the Entertainment and Sports Section of the Nashville Bar Association and Tennessee Bar Association. She is also a member of the Entertainment and Sports Law section of the California Bar Association, a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and the Copyright Society of the South.

Lynn writes extensively on copyright and entertainment-related subjects, and her article, "The Recording Artist Agreement: Does it Empower or Enslave?" was published by the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment Law and Practice. Lynn is also in demand for numerous speaking engagements.

Her significant contributions include:

Serving as legal counsel for the Gospel Music Association and the Christian Music Trade Association.

Representing the Nashville Symphony as entertainment counsel for more than 10 years.

Representing a number of clients in Christian and country music.

Lynn received an LL.M. in International Business Law from the University of Exeter, England; a J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law; and a B.A. degree from the University of California at Irvine. She is admitted to practice in Tennessee and California.

In her free time, Lynn is a huge tennis fan and player. She also enjoys live music and international travel.

John Strohm Sr Counsel Loeb & Loeb LLP

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